Goal of Gather:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office will use water trapping to gather and remove excess wild horses from lands adjacent to the Cherry Spring conveyance in the Maverick Medicine Herd Management Area. The water trap gather is necessary to prevent a further decline in animal condition caused by minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought conditions. This action was analyzed as part of the Three HMA Environmental Assessment released in May 2013.
Details of the Gather:
BLM plans to humanely gather approximately 60 wild horses through the use of water trapping. More than 80 wild horses have been observed frequenting Cherry Spring, which flows naturally at about 14 gallons an hour. This flow can adequately support approximately 20 wild horses. Details of the gather are available on this website by following the links in the right column. BLM invites the public to observe gather activities by contacting Lesli Ellis, Elko District public affairs specialist.
Wild horses removed from the range will be shipped to the Gunnison Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah to be prepared for the BLM wild horse adoption program or for long-term pastures.
For BLM news releases and statements issued about Maverick-Medicine HMA, check our Newsroom.
Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Maverick Medicine HMA is 166-276 wild horses and current population is 587 wild horses. BLM has been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the on-going drought conditions. Monitoring in 2012 indicates throughout the Three HMA project area that very limited growth on herbaceous and shrub species has occurred. With limited vegetative growth in 2012, lack of forage, and ongoing drought conditions, wild horses will utilize their available forage before the end of the year. Monitoring in 2012-2013 indicated that throughout the project area that heavy to severe use by wild horses has occurred. This lack of forage and over use by wild horses will continue to impact resource conditions.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.